After being pressed with the Elna press. The directions in my sashiko book say not to press the stitching because it will flatten the stitches, but I think it looks fine.
I am totally addicted to sashiko!
I started this one on Saturday night and finished it Sunday night, while watching Mimi G's Sewing Conference DVD set.
I pressed it today with my Elna press (very first picture).
This is Olympus Sashiko #240, dragonflies.
I used Olympus thread, #21, hot pink.
The pattern is pre-printed on so you stitch over the printing.
I'm still figuring out the best way to hold the needle and do the stitching. The fabric for this kit is of a much lighter weight compared to the fabric for the coasters, and I was able to get 6 to 8 stitches per pass of the needle, as opposed to 3 at a time with the coaster kit.
It is supposed to be a pillow kit....I'm not sure if I will make it into a pillow or a wall hanging or just let it be...
I loved Crafty Tokyo Momma's suggestion on my last post to make the dragonflies a different color from the grid, but I had already started stitching the dragonflies at that point.
I'd love to make an animated gif from these pix.
But flickr doesn't host animated gifs, so what is the point of making it if flickr won't host it?
Stitching was finished here, but the piece was not yet pressed.
Oh and I think I took all of these pictures upside down.
I have three more coasters to do (one and a half coaster kits) of the same designs I stitched up on Thurs and Fri. I ordered some more and different kits today online.
When I sew, it requires all my concentration for pretty much the entire process, except hand stitching labels or hand stitching linings to garments. But with sashiko, I can watch a class and stitch at the same time. I think I might actually get to watch some of my Craftsy and Pattern Review class stash!
Fear not, I have not abandoned sewing--I finished a tank top for the gym today. You'll see it in the next post or two.
p.s. For my future reference, this is the setting I used for my Elna Press while pressing sashiko:
I pressed it face down with a pressing cloth on top:
Ok, still be well!